Fitness + Wellness Tracker

While the Luxe does not have built-in GPS tracking, which is a great feature, I find I bring my phone along for runs, hikes, and bike rides anyway. It still provides my real-time pace, distance, and route, complete with a map that I can look at in the app with all of this data. If you’re looking for a more advanced pick but still want something customizable and pretty, check out the Garmin Venu Sq ($199). It boasts onboard GPS, long battery life, Garmin Pay, and lots of fitness tracking features.

Fitbit devices tend to over-report daily step counts compared to trackers from other brands, but I don’t think the Luxe is the worst offender in this case. Distance and calorie burn metrics were generally on par with my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro’s data. Despite its overall small size, the Fitbit Luxe is capable of lasting up to five days on a single charge. That’s half of what the similarly sized Inspire 2 offers, albeit with a much lower-resolution display. In my testing, the Luxe has been able to last just short of the five-day mark. I’ve been using the device heavily, though — if you only exercise once or twice a week, you should have no problem getting it to last the full five days.

Swiping sideways brings you through Notifications, Exercise, Relax , Alarms and Timers. You can scroll vertically on each of these sections to get to more functions. The bad thing about the Luxe’s size is that its screen is correspondingly small. This is a 0.76-inch AMOLED panel running at a 124 x 206 resolution. It’s surrounded by a thick bezel, which is probably hiding all the Luxe’s sensors. But if you have trouble reading tiny text, you might need a bigger device.

It can get bright enough outdoors in direct sunlight, and there’s an ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness in different lighting conditions. Considering the overall size of the Luxe’s case is much larger than the display itself, there’s certainly room for improvement here. Check out the photo below to see it compared to the Xiaomi Mi Band 6, a $60 fitness tracker with an edge-to-edge screen. Swipes registered easily with minimal latency, but a smaller screen isn’t as easy to use compared to a smartwatch.

It doesn’t matter if you log the activity or not, but an intense workout naturally increases the number of active zone minutes faster. If you wish, you can set the tracker to vibrate when your heart rate rises and reaches a higher heart rate zone, in order to confirm the effort’s success. In our test, the Luxe reported that a higher zone had been reached during a brisk walk around the block, for example.

Fitbit has included guided breathing exercises to help you get your stress levels under control. Its main function is to record your activity, something Fitbit has perfected over the years. It automatically recognises and records up to 20 different physical activities, from walking and running to cycling and cardio. You can also manually start workouts too, and change the shortcuts for your favourite activities through the app. Sure, you get a color display, but it’s one that’s less responsive and more likely to have you swiping incessantly to escape its menus than its monochromatic brethren.

There is also daily activity tracking, Active Zone minutes, move reminders, and automatic sleep monitoring. The skin temperature sensor in Charge 4’s sleep tracking, on the other hand, provides more information. Fitbit advises that this could be due to the fact that smartwatches have more surface area for the sensors compared to trackers. With the Luxe, you can turn notifications on so the screen will light up and the tracker will buzz when you reach a specific stage so you can slow down or amp up as needed to get the best results. Despite the limited feature set, the Luxe costs more than the fully featured Fitbit smart watch fitness band luxe charge Charge 4.

I’m particularly impressed by its sleep tracking, which gives me a sleep score similar to what Sleep Number beds offer. As with other modern fitness trackers, the Luxe provides all of the most relevant health stats on the unit itself without the need to check on a smartphone. It’s convenient to say the least, but there are some ‘lite’ smartwatch functions at your disposal — like setting timers and alarms, starting workout routines, and receiving notifications.

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